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US News Why China’s Move to Rein In Hong Kong Is Just the Start

05:35  25 may  2020
05:35  25 may  2020 Source:   msn.com

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“Anti- China , disrupt- Hong Kong forces have been openly promoting Hong Kong independence,” Mr. Wang said of the legislative plan. A Chinese Communist Party leadership meeting in late October called for steps to “safeguard national security” in Hong Kong , while leaving observers guessing on

Xi Jinping et al. walking on a sidewalk: A screen showing China’s leader, Xi Jinping, during the opening session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Thursday. © Thomas Peter/Reuters A screen showing China’s leader, Xi Jinping, during the opening session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Thursday.

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China’s move to strip away another layer of Hong Kong’s autonomy was not a rash impulse. It was a deliberate act, months in the making. It took into account the risks of international umbrage and reached the reasonable assumption that there would not be a significant geopolitical price to pay.

As a provocative move, it is just the latest.

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It' s important to remember that Hong Kong is significantly different from other Chinese cities. To understand this, you need to look at its history. Media captionThe BBC' s Helier Cheung on why people are taking to the streets in Hong Kong . It was a British colony for more than 150 years - part

Before we start , let’s be clear on one thing: Hong Kong is an amazing city. There’s delicious food on every corner (for Keep in mind that these are just the population figures. Many a naive expat moves to Hong Kong thinking they are going to get both East and West: a front-row seat to China ’ s

With the world distracted by the pandemic’s devastating toll, China has taken a series of aggressive actions in recent weeks to flex its economic, diplomatic and military muscle across the region.

China’s Coast Guard rammed and sank a fishing boat in disputed waters off Vietnam, and its ships swarmed an offshore oil rig operated by Malaysia. Beijing denounced the second inauguration of Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, and pointedly dropped the word peaceful from its annual call for unification with the island democracy.

Video: Hong Kong Protesters Clash With Police After China Tightens Grip (Bloomberg)

Chinese troops squared off again last week with India’s along their contentious border in the Himalayas.

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A protest in Hong Kong in late June. As she’ s talking to him. So the idea that she could say anything at all reflective of what she actually felt is just nonexistent. So then a few weeks go by, and again, all of a sudden, his mother starts contacting him over a messaging app popular in China called WeChat.

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All are longstanding tensions, but the decision to impose new national security laws on Hong Kong, bypassing the semiautonomous territory’s own legislative process, shows what can happen with an unbridled China, no longer restrained by the fear of international rebuke.

“There was this idea before about China being cautious and trying to cultivate its soft power around the world,” said Jean-Pierre Cabestan, a professor at Hong Kong Baptist University and the author of “China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship?” “Those times are gone with Xi Jinping.”

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Mr. Xi, who in seven years in power has pursued a “great rejuvenation” of the Chinese state, has emerged from the pandemic newly emboldened, seizing on nationalistic themes to deflect from the government’s early failures in stopping the coronavirus’s spread.

He still faces enormous economic and diplomatic challenges. New protests erupted in Hong Kong on Sunday, and resistance to greater control by Beijing could threaten the territory’s role as a financial center.

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A tourist bus in Hong Kong . Hoteliers, salesclerks, restaurateurs and tour guides have been racked with fears that the “What will really hurt Hong Kong is not a brief drop in consumption but a loss of faith from global investors,” he said. Otherwise, we will just end up being another Chinese city.”

And under China ’ s present leader, Xi Jinping, who took office in 2013, it has only become more The drive to impose tighter reins on Hong Kong now risks all kinds of unwanted damage. Recent events in Hong Kong have already strongly lifted the election prospects for the governing party in Taiwan

Officials and state media outlets have lashed out at the United States and other countries, accusing them of supporting “separatists” and “terrorists” in an effort to weaken the power of the Communist Party.

On the defensive over their handling of the virus, President Trump and his aides have sought to blame China for the pandemic’s toll in the United States. The criticism, by all appearances, has done little to moderate Mr. Xi’s actions. It may even have emboldened them, as Chinese officials point to the failures in the United States and other countries as evidence of the Communist Party’s better model of governance.

a group of people posing for the camera: Protesting new security legislation in Hong Kong on Sunday. © Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times Protesting new security legislation in Hong Kong on Sunday. The Trump administration has, in turn, intensified its actions against China, imposing restrictions on trade and technology, praising Ms. Tsai’s inauguration and even marking the 25th anniversary of the disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama, the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism.

“The United States, in fact, is pouring oil on the fire, barrel by barrel,” Tian Feilong, a professor of law at Beihang University in Beijing, said in a telephone interview. “The central government is therefore actually just safeguarding its own most basic national security interests.”

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to China ’ s cabinet and a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing, discusses the government policies for Hong Kong . Premier Li Keqiang said China will improve national security in Hong Kong , a day after it announced dramatic plans to rein in dissent by writing a new law into

HONG KONG — China ’ s desire to take a stronger hand in running Hong Kong has imperiled its status as Asia’s That move puts Hong Kong squarely in the middle of the growing conflict between China and the United States “What is just a trickle could become a flood of capital out of Hong Kong .”

China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, said on Sunday that the two countries could still work together to promote global peace and stability, but he denounced those in the United States who seek American hegemony.

“It’s time for the United States to give up its wishful thinking of changing China,” Mr. Wang said, accusing American officials of having a Cold War mentality.

Mr. Xi’s move against Hong Kong has nonviolent echoes of President Vladimir V. Putin’s forceful seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, which was a violation of international law and of Russia’s previous diplomatic commitments. The annexation made Mr. Putin an international pariah for a while, but Russia still remains firmly in control of Crimea.

Gallery: Thousands protest Chinese security law as unrest returns to Hong Kong (Reuters)

a man riding a skateboard down a sidewalk: Anti-government protesters run away from tear gas during a march against Beijing’s plans to impose national security legislation in Hong Kong, China May 24, 2020. Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of people who rallied on Sunday to protest against Beijing's plan to impose national security laws on the city. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
While Mr. Xi is using legislation rather than military force in a territory already under Chinese rule, it is nonetheless a brash move by an autocratic leader willing to risk international condemnation to resist what he views as foreign encroachment on his country’s security.

“The Communist Party doesn’t care anymore about the reactions, because it’s about survival, the stability of the one-party system, avoiding the fate of the Soviet Union,” Mr. Cabestan said. “Hong Kong is being perceived more and more as a base of surveillance, as a factor in the destabilization of the Chinese state.”

US certifies Hong Kong has lost its autonomy to China, endangering its special status

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The challenges facing Mr. Xi come at a time when China’s major rivals, the United States above all, are in disarray, giving Mr. Xi more room to maneuver.

Britain, which is a signatory to the 1984 treaty that promised Hong Kong — its former colony — basic freedoms until 2047, issued a statement with Australia and Canada saying that they were “deeply concerned.” Senior Trump administration officials also denounced Mr. Xi’s gambit, warning that they could reconsider the territory’s special trade privileges or impose other sanctions. President Trump, whose few comments about Hong Kong have been inconsistent, said little.

a crowd of people standing in front of a building: A rally in Hong Kong in October calling for the U.S. Congress to pass a measure that threatens sanctions on Chinese officials for cracking down on protesters. © Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times A rally in Hong Kong in October calling for the U.S. Congress to pass a measure that threatens sanctions on Chinese officials for cracking down on protesters. For those who support Hong Kong’s unique status as Asia’s commercial and cultural crossroads, warnings no longer suffice in the face of determined pressure from Beijing.

Victoria Hui, a political scientist at the University of Notre Dame and author of a book on the 2014 Hong Kong protests known as the Umbrella Movement, said the international community had often spoken out against China’s steady accretion of power over the territory but had exacted no real punishment.

That has been the case for the most egregious violations of basic rights in Hong Kong in recent years, including extrajudicial kidnappings, excessive use of force by the police last year and the arrests of leading democratic leaders a week ago.

Beijing renews its threats against Taiwan

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“The international pushback has been so weak,” Ms. Hui said. “Beijing is daring foreign governments to continue to issue words but take no actions.”

China’s tactics under Mr. Xi today contrast those of his immediate predecessors, who prioritized China’s reforms and opening over confrontation with its neighbors or the broader world. “Hide our strength, bide our time” was Deng Xiaoping’s adage a generation ago.

When Taiwan was moving to hold its first presidential elections in 1996, China conducted intimidating missile tests in the Taiwan Strait. It was forced to back down when President Bill Clinton ordered American aircraft carriers to the waters in a show of military support for the island’s defense.

water next to the ocean: A photo of a U.S. Navy plane’s monitor showing Scarborough Shoal, formerly administered by the Philippines but now controlled by China. © Adam Dean for The New York Times A photo of a U.S. Navy plane’s monitor showing Scarborough Shoal, formerly administered by the Philippines but now controlled by China. Mr. Xi has steadily built up China’s air and naval power, making a similar move by the United States today much riskier. Chinese forces routinely menace the island, as its first operational aircraft carrier did last month, forcing Taiwan’s military to scramble jets and ships. The seventh similar incident this year, it signaled China’s determination to block Taiwan from formally establishing its independence.

For Beijing’s leaders, China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong is as emotionally charged.

Under the Basic Law, the mini-constitution that governs the territory, Hong Kong is obliged to adopt rules “to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition and subversion” against the Chinese government. When the city’s legislature tried to do so in 2003, Beijing retreated in the face of huge street protests.

“China was in a very different place globally,” said Rana Mitter, the director of the University of Oxford China Center. “China’s economy was growing in 2003, but it wasn’t the second biggest economy in the world and quite the economic behemoth it is today.”

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There is also a more subtle difference that the pandemic has accentuated. Beijing spent years deflecting criticism of its system by saying that China was not yet ready for more democratic freedoms, effectively leaving open the possibility for greater liberalization of the political system, as many inside and outside the country hoped.

China, Mr. Mitter said, is now a “state which no longer apologizes for being authoritarian.”

a person in a red boat: A photo released by the state-owned Xinhua news agency showing the commissioning ceremony of China’s second aircraft carrier in December. © Li Gang/Xinhua, via Associated Press A photo released by the state-owned Xinhua news agency showing the commissioning ceremony of China’s second aircraft carrier in December. On Friday, Mr. Xi told delegates at the annual session of the legislature, the National People’s Congress, that the country’s system was the “the broadest, most genuine, and most effective democracy to safeguard the fundamental interests of the people.”

Such confidence has allowed Mr. Xi to brush aside international concerns about China’s behavior at home and abroad: the absence of government transparency and accountability, the countless arrests of those who express dissent, the mass detention of more than one million Uighurs and other Muslims in the western province of Xinjiang.

It has also emboldened China in ways that create the possibility of armed conflict.

On the remote border with India, Chinese forces have twice in the last month clashed with Indian troops, prompting both sides to send in re-enforcements. India has accused China of blocking patrols on its side on the Line of Control, the unofficial border.

China has also stepped up its efforts to dominate the South China Sea despite the territorial claims of countries like Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.

In April, it created two new administrative districts to govern the islands it controls in the Paracel and Spratly chains. China’s Navy also said that it had succeeded in growing cabbage and other vegetables in the sand of Woody Island, helping to feed the growing number of troops stationed there.

“Chinese aggression is not always just rhetorical,” Alice G. Wells, an assistant U.S. Secretary of State, said in a telephone briefing in Washington last week.

“So whether it’s in the South China Sea or whether it’s along the border with India,” she said, “we continue to see provocations and disturbing behavior by China that raises questions about how China seeks to use its growing power.”

corona crisis: Trump announces end of cooperation with WHO .
© Reuters Trump accuses WHO of being under China's control. Donald Trump no longer wants to cooperate with the World Health Organization in the future. In addition, advantageous regulations for Hong Kong are to be abolished. US President Donald Trump has announced an end to US cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) . The funds so far provided by the USA of the WHO would go to other global health purposes, Trump said on Friday at a short-term press conference.

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